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Located on the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is a thriving, modern metropolis and the world’s only island city-state. Formerly a British colony, Singapore was once known as the “Jewel of the British Empire” and even though the city has changed significantly since achieving independence, its British history can be seen all over in its place names, monuments and architecture. Singapore sees visitors from all over the world, with direct flights from hundreds of countries as well as ferries bringing passengers from the numerous ports in the region. It is also a major shopping destination for people from other Southeast Asian cities and the world famous Orchard Road is home to many shopping centers and hotels.
Singapore has plenty of interesting things to see and do. A visit to Sentosa Island, home to Universal Studios Singapore, Madame Tussauds and the SEA Aquarium, is must for any visitor. Clarke Quay, Arab Street and Boat Quay will take care of your nightlife and dining requirements with restaurants and bars around every corner. For those seeking a more tranquil experience, heading to one of the parks and hiring a bicycle or taking a trip to the islands of Pulau Ubin and Kusu Island is the ideal antidote to hectic city life. Pulau Ubin is one of the last places in Singapore free from urbanization and is a great place to see the local flora and fauna. Kusu Island is home to pristine beaches, beautiful lagoons and a sanctuary for tortoises.
The Singapore training center is located in the heart of the city within walking distance of Clarke Quay and Boat Quay it is situated in the middle of the Central Business District. The center is close to an MRT station which can get you to anywhere in the city in hardly any time at all. All the amenities you could need during your course are conveniently located in the area around our TEFL training school. We want to ensure that you are not only prepared to teach English at the end of the course but that you also enjoy your time with us in Singapore.
In the same building where your class takes place there are dozens of classes of students studying a number of different languages and you will be able to gain first hand insight into the role of an EFL teacher. Our course instructors have years of experience and a passion for what they do. Throughout the course they will be there to provide support and guidance as your learn the skills needed to become an effective EFL teacher. We have photocopying facilities onsite as well as resource books available for use by course participants. Tea, coffee and water are available from reception and soft drinks and snacks can be bought at the mini-marts in the building or down the road.Apply Now!
There are a number of housing options available to attendees of our Singapore TEFL course. These include condominiums or HDB apartments and rooms in local hostels in the city. Most options are located in the center of the city and are just a 15 to 25 minute commute from the training school. All housing options have been inspected to ensure they have everything you will need for an enjoyable stay.
Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the available accommodation and we will do our best to help you.Apply Now!
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. The fastest and cheapest way to pay is by credit or debit card, but we also accept payments via Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Singapore itself.
The balance of course fees is payable on or before the first day of class and can be paid in cash in US or Singapore dollars or bank transfer.
Please note that bank transfers need to be made at least two weeks in advance of the course start.
Course fees are all inclusive and you will not be asked to pay additional costs towards course related services. This also includes course moderation and accreditation fees, lifetime job assistance and all our basic services.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
A list of housing options which we have worked with in the past will be provided to you upon request. These places are located near our training centre and range from backpacker hostels, budget hotels, homestays, and hotels. We are happy to work with you to find a suitable accommodation for your budget. Singapore is a convenient and easy city to travel around and there are a variety of options which are conveniently located near the school. We will do our best to take into account special requests and all that we can to make sure your housing here will be as enjoyable as the training.
What travel documents will I need for Singapore?
All travelers into Singapore must follow these requirements to be allowed into the country:
holding a passport or a travel document with a validity of more than 6 months at the time of departure,
holding a return or onward ticket,
possess sufficient funds to stay in Singapore,
have valid entry documents (including a visa) to the next destination, if necessary,
have a completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card, and,
have a visa and/or a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry into Singapore (if applicable).
Citizens of the following countries are permitted to stay in Singapore for up to 90 days visa-free: European Union, Australia, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, United States.
* Please note visa information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your local Singapore consulate or embassy for updated information and the latest requirements.
What is the course schedule?Expand
On the first day of the course an orientation will be held. Orientation will be followed by the first class on Monday morning at 9:30 am. During the orientation, an in depth course schedule will be provided. A typical session will run between 9:30 and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday with morning and late afternoon breaks, and a lunch break also included. However, there will also be some evenings required for teaching practice.
All teacher trainees are expected to attend all of the training sessions on the schedule unless a medical condition or emergency makes it impossible in which case medical treatment is required. It is extremely important for trainees to be present at every Teaching Practice (TP). These sessions are difficult to organize and rescheduling is difficult which may result in an additional fee for the trainee.
What can I expect during teaching practice?
The teaching practice is conducted at the school and we have Japanese and Korean students. These students are usually non-native speaking expats living in Singapore who make the lessons engaging, enjoyable and consistently give constructive feedback. Most of the students have studied at our centre with trained and experienced EFL teachers. They are not required to come to the class so their presence is merely out of the desire to help the trainees to improve their teaching.
Who can attend the TEFL course? Do I need to be native English speaker?Expand
You need to be at least 18 years old to enrol in our course. There is no maximum age, but do keep in mind that some institutions may not employ teachers beyond a certain age.
While you don’t need to be a native speaker to attend, you do need to be fluent in English.
We define fluency as having at least a C1 level on the CEFR scale of language proficiency.
Is there a dress code?
For most sessions at the school, there will not be a strict dress code requirement. However, the school is full of educators and professionals and we want to maintain a level of professionalism thus please dress appropriately and be mindful of others. The school is a place of work, and we would like to remind you to be respectful to those around you.
There will be a dress requirement during the Teaching Practice (TP) sessions. During the Teaching Practice the trainees will be required to dress in business attire and follow some guidelines.
Shoulders must be covered. Low-cut necklines or short skirts will not be permitted. No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Flip flops, bermuda’s, or sandals are also not permitted.
Slacks or khakis must be worn, jeans are not appropriate. Either short or long sleeved shirts are acceptable so long as there is a collar. A tie is not required but if you would like to, you may. Dress shoes or loafers are required. Tennis shoes, sandals, or bermuda’s, are not acceptable. Long hair should be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
A pen, a notebook for taking notes, and a three-ring binder to organize lesson plans are essential. Forms, and other information will be given and an organized binder would help all of this remain neat and tidy.
A recording device, or cell phone to record, is not required but it is a good idea. In the past trainees at various locations have given feedback that it made the course easier. This helped in reviewing the course material, lectures, interviews, and student feedback. Although it is not a requirement we suggest doing so.
Books are provided and available to be borrowed at the school, and in the study room. However, any material leaving the campus requires permission from the staff.
All trainees are required to prepare their own materials for their Teaching Practice (TP). The training school maintains a supply of materials but the school is not responsible to provide materials. Materials such as poster board, markers, glue, paper, pens, and more for developing teaching material will have to be purchased by the trainees themselves.
The photocopy machine at the school is available for all trainees to use without charge.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?
Your passport. However, if you are able to secure a job in Singapore or another country, you will need original copies of your birth certificate, college degree(s), and any other certificates or diplomas you feel may be relevant, along with relevant transcripts.